Thursday, July 10, 2008

Two Interesting Posts....

Josh Waxman over at Parshablog has an interesting post which discusses who was the better candidate to be moshiach: Rabbi Schneerson or David ben-Gurion. This is exactly the type of post that is sure to stir up the bees in some people's bonnets.

Professor Tyler Williams over at Codex has some posts (and pictures) about Hebrew tattoos that have gone horribly wrong.

The Wolf


ProfK said...

Perhaps not the comment you were expecting, but I read the posting by Professor Williams and went straight into English teacher mode. I know, I know, it was a blog posting, but if the man puts up his academic credentials on his blog site, then could he write as if he actually had the education he asserts he has? "Could of" instead of "could have" is only one of many examples of poor English usage.

One hopes the editors of his books do a better job on those manuscripts.

-suitepotato- said...

The most amusing part isn't using Hebrew backwards. Most Israelis could pick up on it and read it backwards without missing a beat, and chuckle. What's amusing to me is the use of nikkudot as if these tattoos are being used to teach Hebrew. Anyone who can read the main characters and pronounce them in the compound manner of a whole word in the first place already will know the vowels.

I am now imagining someone getting the cantilation marks in their tattoo as well.

Lion of Zion said...


i had wanted to link to this a long time ago. my favorite is the אני לדודי ודודי לי

someone i know once mentioned that he ever got a tattoo, it would be a hechsher on this tuchus. he wants the last laugh as he looks down on the hevra kadisha


i'm not at all into tattoos, but that sounds interesting

i'm not sure what his level of education has to do with mistakes on his blog
a) in the hard sciences many researchers do not even write their own publications. this task is relegated to professional ghost writing services (or in certain cases where the research is funded by industry, to writer that is employed for this purpose by the company). ideally this shouls be disclosed in the disclosure statement, but generally it is not.
b) in the humanities too scholars sometimes can't write particularly well. i've done copy editing and i saw this even with senior schoalrs.
c) it's just a blog for pete's sake and does not necessarily reflect his true writing abilities.